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GATHER: CALGARY x MEXICO

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PIGEONHOLE

306 17th Avenue SW

Calgary, AB

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Experience a five course meal created by some of Mexico’s most exciting culinary talents in conjunction with some of Canada’s best new restaurants.

This unforgettable dinner features pairings from the province’s top wineries. The dress code may be casual, but the meal will be a sumptuous 4-star delight. Attendees can come with a group or come alone and leave with new friends.

Note: Includes a 5 course tasting menu, taxes and gratuity (on food)
Note: Gratuity is at discretion on beverages, but we suggest 18-20%
Note: There will be wine pairings offered that night

The menu for Gather is being developed by the collaborating chefs using their technics and incorporating local foraged, farmed and wild products and will not be posted until the day of the dinner. Menu will be Omnivore with a Plant based alternative. Please let us know of your dietary restrictions.


ABOUT THE CHEFS

Hugo Duran
Studied visual art at the school of painting, sculpture and engraving "La Esmeralda”. After an extended stay in Germany he traveled back to Mexico and taught himself how to cook. He worked in several restaurants in Mexico City and finally integrated himself as head chef of “Cocina Itinerante Pichon” (travelling pigeon cooking). Hugo Durand’s culinary work is based on the development of his personal culinary language and it is inspired on his travels, field research and study of bio-cultural diversity of Mexico’s centre region. He is what some would consider a nomadic chef.

Jair Tellez
Growing up in the border town of Tijuana, Jair Tellez was raised in a melting pot of combined American and Mexican influences and as a result he often struggled to identify with his cultural roots. In 1999 he bought a piece of land in Valle de Guadalupe (otherwise known as the middle of nowhere) and set out to invent a cultural and culinary identity that would be unique to his self, and Laja was born. Acknowledging the decision as one that was more impulsive than rational, Tellez spent the first years suffering the limitations of the remote settings, and it would take years before the adversity of the region began to transpire in his favour. Today, Laja is an international success armed with a healthy manifest of clientele who are more than happy to make the special journey and celebrate destination dining at its finest.

Tellez began his professional training at the French Culinary Institute, which led to an apprenticeship at Daniel, where he stayed and worked for one year. He returned to México from New York, and while garnering success at Laja he was presented with the opportunity to open a restaurant in México City. Drawn to the city and a new set of challenges, Tellez began working on opening MeroToro in 2008. In 2016 he opens his second restaurant in Mexico City, Amaya, which has a focus on natural wine and El Zorro Plateado in Playa del Carmen, with a focus on wood fire cooking. In 2017 he opens Fayuca in Vancouver which is Mexican inspired with a focus on a free flow of ideas and flavours along the Pacific Coast. Inspired by the setting of both the rugged naturalism of Laja, the slick metropolis of MeroToro and Amaya, or on the pleasure of the unknown in Fayuca, Tellez embraces the polarity of the situation and maintains his identity as the sum of its parts.

Important development: Last Tuesday Laja was awarded the 42nd place on the San Pellegrino World’s 50 best restaurants from Latin America. So this man is Hot : )


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